Claire Weekes Self Help For Your Nerves

By  | Dr Claire Hazel Weekes was born in1903 in Australia. She passed away in1990. Claire Weekes was a health writer and GP. Her books are what really brought her to world wide acclaim. Her books on anxiety and nervous disorders would be ground breaking and from experience her self help books work. You can find her bestsellers here – Claire Weekes . Her most popular books include -Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear
Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear [Audiobook] [Audio CD]
Hope and Help for Your Nerves
Early Life. Claire Weekes started her career as a research scientist. She was the first women to achieve a degree from the University of Sydney in 1930. Working for Professor Launcelot Harrison, Claire Weekes conducted research in placentation and reproduction in live bearing lizards from 1925 to 1934. Some of this period (between 1929-31) was conducted in England inside the laboratory of J. P. Hill. Her work led to 8 papers being published which included a summary of her work in the Zoological Society of London in 1935. Weekes work would provide the basis of understanding for reptile placentation for the next 50 years. In more recent times further research has been done using Weekes work as a platform to build on.Nervous illness. Claire Weekes noted that lots of her patients suffered from anxiety type disorders, such as panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety and agoraphobia. She tended to use the term 'Nervous Illness' instead of 'Anxiety State' which implied medical knowledge was needed, or 'Nervous breakdown' and this could be construed as unnecessarily alarming. Claire Weeks had become aware of just how crippling these disorders were and how they were ruining lives. She also noted how psychiatric treatments such as psychoanalysis had little effect on the patient's recovery. She noted something that others were missing that endlessly talking about their childhood, or try to identify flaws in their personality was not helping. Instead she recognized that they had fear avoidance issues that was made worse or caused by a "sensitized" nervous system. Personally after reading her book Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear was a significant changing point in my life. Her book taught me so much and immediately taught me the correct way in overcoming a panic attack. We all feel fear from time to time, but because we are not use to experiencing panic attacks when we have one, we do not know how to deal with it. Her book opened a new window of enlightenment when she described how nervous illness was kept alive by a sensitized body due to fear and bewilderment. She also recognized what keeps panic attacks alive. FIRST AND SECOND FEAR. She describes how first fear happens automatically like a reflex. The patient would then withdraw from the fear adding second fear. Basically second fear adds more fear to the trigger of the first fear. When people add second fear they say things like –
"I just can't stand this anymore"
"I think I'm going to die"
"This time I really will go mad"
Second fear keeps first fear alive and will eventually make somebody sensitized or phobic to certain situations, people or places. This obviously takes a toll on the persons mental and physical state, making them ill.
Her programme of recovery was slowly devised and applied to her patients. Overtime she developed a book and cassette tape guiding patients though her recovery program. Her concept was
Facing the Fear
Accepting the Panic
Floating through it
Letting time Pass
Sounds simple, it is and it works…………..
If you wish to buy her books her first book was published in 1962 and called Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear . In the USA it was called Hope and Help for Your Nerves. The book has sold more then 300,000 times and has been translated into 8 different languages.
Weekes published a second book in 1972 called Peace From Nervous Suffering .

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